When there is a clever project and a know-how that has been tested on the field for over 25 years, a unitized facade becomes an element of the economic project, while preserving the distinct individuality the designer has given it.
Intercom’s unitized curtain walls are light, elegant, perfectly integrated in the building’s complex. They insure esthetics and performances that go far beyond the conventional standards.
Curve, inclined, transparent, opaque. Linear, or geometrically complex. There is no limit to the possibilities Intercom’s experience can accommodate to the architect’s imagination, the client’s requests, the budget’s restrictions.
We will also oversee performances and technical requirements: top thermal performances, comfort, daylight and hatching management, elements and sealing tests, compliance with the most restrictive tolerances in the design, construction and subsequent installation phases.
These facades are pre-fabricated in our factory, and assembled on the construction site.
More budget-friendly than unitized curtain walls, the facades made with this technique can be employed in projects entailing smaller volumes and more complex installation situations that do not respond to the necessary criteria for installing a unitized curtain wall. Most low to mid-rise curtain walls are realized with this technique.
The Stick Curtain Walling system consists of a grid composed by “mullions” (vertical elements) and “transoms” (horizontal elements), realized in extruded aluminum. Mullions and transoms are made and cut in the factory, while the grid is assembled on the construction site – just as grazing is erected and carried out on site.
The production timings of a stick built facade’s elements are shorter than those of other types of facade. Nevertheless, the installation on site is longer, as are wider the spaces necessary for warehousing the facade’s elements in the assembly phase: a potential complication, if the building will be in a dense and busy urban area.
Such facades are made of two layers – an outer skin apposed onto the traditional facade – acting as insulation for low temperatures, wind and air, thus insuring the building that thermal efficiency that has become increasingly more yearned for by designers.
By taking as much advantage as possible of the outer conditions, double skin facades provide for lower energy costs and an unmatched comfort for those living the building.
These are also the reasons why they are becoming more common, thus representing today one of the preferential choices of architects and engineers, especially for those buildings with a commercial destination.
These are complex facades, whose active relation with the outer environment mandates the employment of solutions that are not to be taken for granted, as well as that attentive and precise design Intercom has been refining throughout the course of time.